Monday, March 7, 2011

Any Guesses on How I Lit This Image?

Hey Gang!

Any guesses on how I lit this image? Hint: I used a Photoshop trick, too.

Post a comment here. It's fun, and pretty darn useful, to try to see the light - including the direction of light.

Answer on Wednesday . . and.. we now have a winner!

I'll send the first person (in the U.S.) who guesses correctly (the lighting technique and the Photoshop trick) an autographed copy of my book, Exploring The Light. You must be as detailed as possible... the position of the light, the type of light, etc.


















How do we know who is first? Easy. The time of a Comment is listed in the Comments on this page.

Explore the light,
Rick

23 comments:

Alex said...

Two photos backlit, then edited together in photoshop.

Matt Vanecek said...

My guess is you used two images, both lit with rim lighting, and then composited the images in Photoshop.

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Janelle Jensen said...

Backlight with reflector held in front of the to cast light back onto their faces.

Graham Sorenson said...

Two photographs, compostited with a snoot.

Alex said...
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Theresa Jackson said...

The light is coming from below. I'd guess one of the subjects is holding a flash just below the frame.

Matt Vanecek said...

Or, alternatively, a single image, with both subjects, using two rim lights coming in 45' from the subject and flagged so the other subject doesn't get the fall-off. Then you'd just have to drop the backdrop to black in PS, especially if you just flagged the lights and didn't snoot them...but this method seems like it would make any PS tricks unnecessary...

Helene said...

Lighting from the back left with gobo for one model and back right with for second model. Two separate images composited (2 layers and masking) in Photoshop.

RedTerror said...

My guess, first, the photoshop trick is that you shot each model separately and then made a composite image with both of them.

For the light, my guess is a strip light with a grid, feathered so just the edge is hitting the subject on the medial line of the face. That main would be opposite the subject's face, but behind them, maybe a foot or two opposite the camera. For fill on the shadow side, I am guessing something tiny just to add a hint of detail - maybe it was even ambient light.

This would be easier with a drawing. :) I'm looking forward to the answer!

Jaime M Smiddy Photography said...

Back light from below face pointing up, and photoshop the 2 into the same photo.

Marc said...

My guess....2 prided strips low, behind and slightly outside of the models. Light on the right is aimed at the model on the left, light on left is aimed at model on the right.

Model RR Wiring said...

As has been said, PS Horiz flip one image.

Rim-lit with a iPhone or other large screen smart phone.

Daniel Fealko said...

This effect could be accomplished a number of ways. One way to do it would be a softbox directly behind the models and close to them. The camera would see the softbox so it would have to be digitally removed from the image in post-processing.

macahan2000 said...

Two separate pictures, long narrow diffuser about 45deg aimed at the front of the subject opposite the camera. One picture been mirrored and assembled into one (ie original picture of same subject and same side of the face). Picture without glasses uses a slightly higher zoom to make the face slightly larger.

Salman Shaf said...

Light is coming from the window and you placed a black board for the background just to get enough light for the edges of their faces. Used layers to combine the pictures and used directional light from the background.

Mike Braaten said...

Two soft-boxes from behind each subject, pointed at an angle to the opposite subject. (you can see the soft-box in the glasses of one of the subjects. Nice technique! I'm going to give this one a try some day.

tom McKean Photographer said...

Both people were shot using backlit rim lighting. Then the 2 images were composited together in PS.

enz_ said...

These are two photos combined into one using PS. Each subject was shot on a dark or black background. Each was lit with a strip bank that had a grid on it to control the light. The light would be positioned opposite the subject but slightly further away from camera. The lights would be aimed to the back of the face letting the falloff slightly illuminate the front of their faces.

Piyush said...

One soft box @2 O'clock behind the right head .. reflector towards 7 O'clock facing the righ head (lighting the neck and rear of the right face ... black background away from the lighting direction.

Paul said...

Two light sources from below up at an angle, from the bottom right to light the girl on the left and vice versa. in PS, the glass frame picked with selector tool and exposure increased.

Piyush said...

One soft box @2 O'clock behind the right head .. reflector towards 7 O'clock facing the righ head (lighting the neck and rear of the right face ... black background away from the lighting direction.

Rick Sammon said...

RedTerror - You were the first to be the closest. Please shoot me an email with your address so I can send you the an autographed book.

Thank you all for playing along,
Rick